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Motorists get tyre safety advice

TyreSafe the UK tyre safety organisation is offering motorists tyre safety advice ahead of the forthcoming June Bank Holiday weekend.


“Punctures and tyre-related incidents are the second most common cause of breakdowns according to the AA,” said TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson.

“We’re advising drivers to use these tips because we know anyone travelling at the Bank Holiday weekend will want to arrive safely and on time.”

Tyre Tips

Check your tyre pressure:

  • Check your recommended pressure using the owners’ manual. It can also be found on a sticker in the fuel flap or inside the driver or passenger side door
  • You can check your pressure and inflate your tyres at your local petrol station

Remember: if you are carrying more passengers or luggage, the manufacturer’s recommended pressure will often change

Check your tread depth:

  • You must have at least 1.6mm across three-quarters of the tread around the entire circumference of the tyre
  • Insert a 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the tyre
  • If the outer band of the coin is visible your tyre may be illegal and you should have it checked by a specialist
  • Remember: if your tyres are illegal you can face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre

Check the condition:

  • Inspect the tyre for signs of wear or damage such as cuts, lumps, bulges, exposed cords or sidewall damage
  • Remove any stones or other items embedded in the tread
  • If you spot any wear or damage to your tyres you should have them checked by an expert

Check your spare:

  • If you have a spare wheel don’t forget to check its pressure, tread and condition
  • If your spare tyre is for temporary use only, remember that speed restrictions will apply
  • Remember: if you have a spare and intend to change it yourself, make sure you have a functioning jack and tyre brace

For more information about how to perform pre-travel tyre safety checks, including a range of easy-to-understand advice, videos and animations, visit or download the Tyre Safety Companion App.